Upstate N.Y. dealers buoyed by early spring

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Local marine dealers are feeling confident thanks to incredible early spring weather, according to a recent article in The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The ice left Saratoga Lake on March 15, tying the 1995 record for earliest date ever and mirroring the early spring that has been seen in a number of locations around the country.

Felice Calandra of Saratoga Boatworks told the paper the nice weather helps marinas considerably.

“Everyone wants to be on the water,” he said. “At the same time you’re not going to have that mad rush in May. Everybody’s getting motivated.”

The ice left Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondacks on March 21, also a record.

“Normally, the ice doesn’t go out until Tax Day,” Tom Campbell, owner of Edinburg Marina and Powersports, told the paper. “It’s almost like clockwork. They started bringing the lake back up about three weeks ago. It’s already come up 18 feet and there’s six or seven feet to go. People can launch now, though. I put two of my own boats in yesterday. Usually, the seasons are pretty short in this neck of the woods. This should be a nice long season for everyone.”

All the dealers the paper spoke to were reporting healthy sales. For the complete story, click here.

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